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W.J. (Jack) Wilson - Queensland History of Racing

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W.J. (Jack) Wilson

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Categories: Trainers
Region: South East Queensland


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Jack Wilson is best known for his efforts preparing Eye Liner, champion two-year-old and winner of the AJC Champagne Stakes. He astutely managed her Eye Linerjuvenile year to win her first nine races (Australian record) with weights up to 10st.12lbs. or 69kg. Although he never had a large team, 10 to 12 maximum, Jack always seemed to have a good horse. Acting as private trainer for the Kruger brothers of Lyndhurst Stud, he prepared a number of top class gallopers including Eye Shadow, Bright Shadow and English Statesman.

His best wins included AJC Champagne Stakes (Eye Liner), Queensland Oaks (Eye Shadow, Bright Shadow), Delaney Quality (Eye Liner), Doomben Newmarket (Eye Shadow), Auction Handicap (Eye Shadow), McDougall Stakes (Eye Shadow, Eye Liner), QTC Lightning (Eye Liner), Grange Plate (Eye Shadow, Eye Liner), Nolan Stakes (English Statesman), Summer Cup (English Statesman), Stand Handicap (English Statesman), Exhibition Handicap (Bright Shadow), Albion Stakes (Guydem), Piccaninny Stakes (Eye Shadow), Bladwin Stakes (Bright Shadow) and Hall Stakes (Eye Liner).


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Eye Liner barrier trial

Barrier Trial at Eagle Farm. Eye Liner, Jack Wilson, Ted Kruger, John Harbutt and Percy Kruger.

Eye Liner and Maybe Lad

Two great champions of Queensland: Maybe Lad and Eye Liner. They were neighbours and often "chatted" over the fence. Jack Wilson with Eye Liner (right) Earl Baxter with Maybe Lad (left).